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On February 1st, thousands of workers are taking strike action against the Tories’ Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, & against the destruction of education & health as well as for a wage that protects from the #CostOfLivingCrisis.
This is the first time since the 2011 N30 pensions strike that so many unions have taken action together.

In #Leicester, the March and rally appears to be taking the same form that it took in 2011. A march through the town centre, & a rally at the Athena Events Venue. I was at that march & rally, and filmed it.

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While inflation & changes in the power of unions have played a part, a steady increase in personal debt is strongly associated with a steep decline in strikes, strike participation, & days lost to strikes in the vast majority of OECD economies.…
The current wave of strikes is the largest in more than a decade, but it's nowhere near the heights reached in the UK during the 1970s. September 1979 saw more than 11 million working days lost due to strike action. The latest figures for November 2022 show 467,000 days lost.
A rapid increase in personal debt has been a major factor suppressing industrial action over the last four decades. The decline of social housing & deregulation of the financial system in most OECD countries has encouraged workers to borrow heavily.…
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If you've never zipped up body bags on a shift, you shouldn’t be deciding how much Ambulance crews earn.

If you've never watched a person suffocate to death from their own blood, you shouldn’t be deciding how much Ambulance crews earn

If you've never had someone attempt to punch you in the face for trying to assess your patient, you shouldn’t be deciding how much Ambulance crews earn.

If you've never had someone beg you to not let them die, you shouldn’t be deciding how much Ambulance crews earn.

If you've never had to look into parents eyes or hold them while they crumble as you call the time of death of their child, you shouldn't be deciding how much Ambulance crews earn.

Read 9 tweets BRITAIN IS ENTERING A NEW AGE OF CORRUPTION - BRITAIN HAS RETURNED TO THE ‘OLD CORRUPTION’ THE VICTORIANS TRIED TO END - TAKING US FURTHER DOWN A ROAD TO A KLEPTOCRACY THAN MOST PEOPLE IN BRITAIN IMAGINE. Britain has entered an era of legalised larceny by the politically well-connected some 150 years after the Victorians ended what they execrated as the “Old Corruption”. By this they meant the toxic system whereby the ruling elite enjoyed a parasitic relationship with the state enabling them to obtain jobs and money through patronage, partisanship and purchase.
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Read 65 tweets SUNAK CAN LEARN FROM STURGEON ON HOW TO AVOID A WINTER OF DISCONTENT If Rishi Sunak wants to end the strikes, he has to engage with unions like Nicola Sturgeon. The PM knows from furlough that working with unions is better than working against them.
Read 77 tweets CLIMATE CRISIS ACT NOW MAGISTRATES AND JUDGES WORLDWIDE wherever corrupting criminal justice systems exist. CLIMATE WARRIORS 🐺🐺🐺🌍🌎🌏🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦❤️❤️❤️ Free climate activists who are 'protesting because a corrupt criminal justice system has refused to protect them, their families and others from the greatest act of genocide in history.'
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If Ford wants to change the channel on his assault on labour rights, he's going to have to swallow an F-150 during this press conference.
He looks and sounds awful during this presser. I hope he's feeling the pressure.
So far this presser is just bullshit provincial propaganda. I hope when media writes it up, they'll fact check all the horseshit.

This isn't about kids in class. The deal wasn't good. CUPE workers have been screwed for years. They're fighting to catch up.
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I cannot stress enough how critical this moment is. If governments in Canada can smash the constitution and legislate away the right to strike, collective bargaining rights are dead.

If collective bargaining rights die, workers across the country are goners.

That means you.
This is a critical juncture.

The way of the Ford government is the way of oppression, austerity, and suffering.

The way of solidarity and union rights is the way of better jobs, better pay, and better lives.

Choose carefully.

Don’t fuck this up, people. And don’t let the government and its right wing water carriers divide you by pretending they care about students. They don’t. They care about themselves.
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If the government was legislating you into a multi-year pay cut (during an affordability crisis), how would you feel?

How about if you made $39,000 for critical work that made education possible and safe?

Everyone should stand with CUPE education workers.
And if your private employer is screwing you in a similar way, that’s not an argument to throw CUPE workers under the bus.

It’s an argument for higher unionization rates in the private sector and for solidarity across the board.
The fight against Doug Ford’s strike-busting, constitution crushing bullying is a fight over rights for *all of us*.

Do the right thing today and you’ll be working to protect your own rights for tomorrow.
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Titus Gebel is a r/w libertarian neo colonialist who has a beef about the 'unwillingness of states to allow administrative officials of a 3rd state to fulfill sovereign tasks in their own territory.' Truss will be taking notes for her SEZ's. #Brexit
He wants residents to pay a yearly contractually fixed amount for services like security and rescue. In around 5 weeks times key figures from libertarian academia and the venal world of venture capitalism will discuss the rise of private cities, UK next.
UK people, the patterns of corporate privatisation of entire regions around Truss's 'full fat freeports' known as SEZ's fracking, charter cities, Bournville houses, segregation, private companies building charter cities, Equality Act abolished. Do you see?
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#EnoughIsEnough #EnergyCrisis
Zahawi is "deeply concerned"
Truss "no new taxes, or rationing"

cutting the NICs & no new windfall taxes, ultimately means the biggest shrinking of the state we have ever seen

think of the direct impact on Social Care & NHS Image
SMEs, already facing insurmountable exponential energy costs, are also facing Consumer spending already falling off a cliff, 10% down Image
#EnoughIsEnough #EnergyCrisis
Lord Prem Sikka, Richard Murphy & David Blanchflower have written to the BoE urging £200 BILLION of spending to avoid meltdown, just as I suggested on the 10th March, also urging nationalisation of energy (which tories will never do) Image
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#EnoughIsEnough #energybills
last night the FT reported Truss will immediately invoke Article 16 causing a trade war whilst we have rampant inflation, are heading in to recession & at the moment 70% of businesses will fall off a cliff in October when they renegotiate energy bill
#EnoughIsEnough #energybills #EnergyCrisis
several quotes here from 300% increases to over 1,100%.... as I have been alerting everyone to, since the 10th March.

if govt doesn't step in immediately, the UK will have businesses failing faster & harder than they did in 2008
#EnoughIsEnough #energybills #EnergyCrisis
here's my thread from the 10th March stating businesses will fall off a cliff, nearly 6 months later STILL NO ACTION has been taken, this is INEXCUSABLE! If I knew it in March, then the govt sure as hell did!
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Quick thread on industrial action & the call for a #GeneralStrike to try & set out the limits of this & what might work better

when workers go on strike they are usually in breach of their contract of employment/contract for services
But there are specific statutory immunities that mean workers can take industrial action without being sued for breach of contract and other stuff. Because this is 🇬🇧, these statutory immunities have restrictions around how ballots etc must be conducted, notice to employers etc
The big one in terms of a #GeneralStrike is that for the statutory immunities to apply there must be a trade dispute, and the action must be called in connection with the trade dispute
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For decades the working class have been told, because of the FPTP system, they need to compromise to get the Tories out, for decades they've been betrayed by so-called Liberal allies in suits, who've promised much, & delivered little. 1/21
For decades many of us have, despite our reservations, voted for the lesser evil, comforting ourselves that at least we didn't vote Tory. 2/21
But what happens when the not Tories, effectively govern just like the them? What are we supposed to do then, grit our teeth and continue to vote for them, when they will bring the same misery to our communities! 3/21
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For decades the Tories have resorted to economic terrorism to bully unions who choose to support a decent wage while CEO's have increased their pay packets 940% since 1978, today that's 351 times the size of workers pay. #Libertarian #GeneralStrike
Here's why worker wages haven't increased as quickly as CEO compensation: high unemployment (which forces workers into accepting the lowest wages possible), globalization (which allows companies to find the cheapest workers in the world), the erosion of unions>
(which makes it harder for workers to collectively bargain), low labor standards (incl low min wage), increase in non-compete clauses (which makes it hard for workers to find better wages in their industry) and domestic outsourcing (like shifting to a workforce of freelancers)
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BEWARE: 55 Tufton Street! (Civitas) has produced a report saying the UK has the most expensive & 2nd worse health system after the US BUT Tufton St Civitas admits they've included COVID expenditure, Test, Trace & Isolate in their calculations (without saying it's £37 BILLION!)
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Having watched & enjoyed @PaulMcCartney’s set at #Glastonbury on TV last night, after his set I was appalled to see him come back onstage waving an outsized Ukrainian flag, accompanied by that “Butcher’s apron”, the UnionJack. If this isn’t the opposite of all that Glastonbury 1/
stands for, I don’t know what is! #Glastonbury was established in the spirit of hippiedom and the 1960’s counter culture, anti war and anti establishment. The Beatles were once actually a part of this counter culture supporting peace and love! 2/
#Ukraine’s #Zelensky on the other hand, does not seek peace, but continues to demand more and heavier weaponry in the US/NATO proxy war against #Russia. He is the West’s puppet in ensuring the escalation of hostilities to the point of embedding actual Nazis in Ukraine’s army 3/
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You've got to ask why a constant stream of headlines about scandals is spoon fed to the public when there are serious changes being implemented that will punish most people on average pay and reward those at the top. The far right have never had it so good.
Tories making key changes to tear up EU regulations and put laws in place that will give corporate aggressors free market reign exerting a stranglehold on local businesses. Welfare state is being annihilated on your watch using your taxes. Post Brexit set to ruin citizens lives.
The Govt are doing a pretty good job of silencing and demonising experts across all fields, they have a majority right wing press paying people to stir up division just so the Billionaire Anti Democracy Movement can benefit from Mogg's deregulation killing spree. #BrexitDisaster
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It's true that a lot of you never log off the Internet & haven't breathed fresh air in several years, but if you think it's possible to do a revolution without mass orgs, you really need to sign out, put down the device, open some windows, & get some oxygen back into your brains.
I started this S4A project literally just to read more Marx, Engels, Lenin, etc.

It became popular, & people even started donating $ for me to spend more time on it.

I've since realized that many ppl aren't interested in action & just like to be read certain bedtime stories.
It's a fandom for many, little more.

I look around at a country like the USA, where mass orgs of all kinds have been gutted over the last ~50 years, and I think, if any of this is going to change, we need mass orgs again.

A vanguard w/o mass orgs is like a brain w/o a body.
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Russia has fomented the rise of the far right across central and eastern Europe. Like a virus attacking its host, malign Russian influence seeks out and attacks democracies.
Eroding the foundations of democracies takes years to fully achieve the desired destabilizing and disabling effects, as the western model of democracy becomes more discredited and undermined so the Kremlin’s model rises up.
Russia’s networks of influence are complex, rendering a countries ability to conduct oversight through transparency, accountability and the rule of law extremely vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation.
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With great respect, trucker convoy leaders & protestors should switch gears.

Park your rigs & let fellow patriots crowdsource your income. Squeeze Biden & Trudeau by squeezing their economies.

You have the world’s attention.

Let’s use it. #GeneralStrike 🇨🇦 🇺🇸
Truckers parking their rigs — quitting their jobs — is not illegal.

The funds we raise to pay salaries can thus be lawfully provided.

Truckers stay out of jail, families remain intact, and Trudeau / Biden Regimes are left with the economic fallout. 🇺🇸 🇨🇦
Have weekly drives around the country — in convoys, with lawful, peaceful rallies — to remind people of the strike.

Of your power.

Then make it clear: the empty shelves get stocked once terms are met.

Let’s keep fighting. But without patriots rotting in regime prisons.🇨🇦 🇺🇸
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Tories attacks on the disadvantaged cannot conceal their endless subcontracting scams with taxpayers money, next 2 years £25billion goes to corporate tax incentives. Yet these breaks will absolve corporations of improving public services. Those less well off are made to pay 1/1
as this Govt continues its course of cruel punishment of the welfare state with cuts on UC, fuel/food price hikes causing soaring energy bills/hyperinflation. All during times of crisis, in the past people used to pull together, now Tory populism and greed cause division 2/2
and resentment. This is a grotesque state of affairs where the contrasts between rich and poor widen on an almost daily basis. The Tories show no remorse followed by empty campaigning promises that never see the light of day. They believe they are special, that they deserve 3/3
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